Great blog. You'll ace IMUK, especially with that speedy swim and keeping an eye on the bike time (you won't make that mistake again I can tell!!). If you can do some sportives then I've found them a good way of getting a decent long ride in and not feel like you are holding people up.
It's a lovely day now here in York. Fog took a while to lift, but don't think it was too thick. hope it's like this for you all tomorrow. I'm on the first water station (it's near my house), so will be shouting you all on.
Good luck Mark and ignore the bad vibes. Not sure why people think someone is fair game just because they don't ask a question in a certain way, or even worse have their own views.
If you have a local tri club near you (which you will) then may be an idea to look them up. Would Leeds Bradford Tri club be near to you? They seem to do loads and I know they have some great coaches over there.